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For Love and Ramen: A Twisted Valentine’s Day Post


Happy Valentine’s Day! As I write this, I am listening to a Valentine’s Day CD. Yes, my amazing friend Molly sends these out every year with an original theme. This year’s CD is called “yummy” and the theme is … food! You guessed it; each song mentions food. Mika’s “Lollipop” is fun, but so far my favorite is, “I Eat Boys Like You for Breakfast” by Ida Maria. (The song starts, “I eat boys like you for breakfast. Where’s my salt and pepper now?)

The title reminds me of the title of this Valentine’s poem I recently read : I May After Leaving You Walk Away Quickly or Even Run by Matthea Harvey. Gotta love that syntax. (I guess I like my Valentine’s Day the way I like my desserts, not too super-sweet.)

As some of you may know, before heading to Ireland, I did a mini-internship at The Splendid Table. During this time, I read a bit about ramen and stumbled upon this Ramen Advice site, which gives, “Second-hand Wisdom from Momofuku Ando, the Inventor of Instant Noodles”.

I can’t resist excerpting the following advice post:

Dear Momofuku,
How do I know when I’m in love?
— Anonymous

Dear A,
When Momofuku Ando set out to invent instant ramen, he insisted that the final product meet the following five criteria: 1) tasty; 2) able to keep for a long time; 3) ready in 3 minutes or less; 4) economical; 5) safe and healthy. If you convert number 3 to “happens without much drama,” you can use the same five criteria to judge when you’re in love.

Also, while we are on the subject of twisted food…. While at Ballymaloe, we learned how to peel and segment oranges and grapefruit. You would slice off the top, then proceed to run your knife along the fruit skin deep enough to get past the white pith. You would basically go around the whole fruit, and if you were able to peel the entire fruit and end up with just one long twisty strip of peel, Darina suggested tossing the strip behind you. Then, you see what letter the peel forms on the ground and that is the letter of the first name of your next lover. Very useful information, eh? Try it — and let me know if it works!


3 Responses to “For Love and Ramen: A Twisted Valentine’s Day Post”

  1. Ruddy says:

    Of course the first thing to catch my attention was the noodles…

  2. Rosie says:

    No surprise there! I am flipping through some Persian cookbooks by Najmieh Batmanglij. Look what this one says about noodles!: “In Iran it is customary to eat noodles before embarking on something new. For us they symbolize the choice of paths among the many that life spreads out before us. Eating those tangled strands is like unraveling the Gordian knot of life’s infinite possibilities in order to pick out the best.”

  3. Ruddy says:

    I am all for associating certain foods with certain life events. Maybe one day I will make a list.

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